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  • Published: 1 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781864710618
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

An Angel In Australia




Shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, a haunting and evocative tale of murder and loss of innocence in wartime Australia.

Sydney, 1942 – the year of the fall of Singapore, the bombing of Darwin and the surprise attack on Sydney Harbour by Japanese midget submarines. Australia is surely doomed to fall to the Japanese . . .
Through the eyes of a naive young priest we see into the hearts of a people who fear the end of life as they know it. In the confessional, Father Frank Darragh hears how his community is changing – how the very real fear of invasion by the Japanese is leading people to challenge what the church teaches is right or wrong. Under the threat of death, people do things they would never dream of in peacetime. Especially vulnerable are those women whose husbands have been captured in Singapore or the Western desert. Facing the future alone and unprotected, they are at risk of succumbing to the charms of more subtle invaders, American servicemen.
When the beautiful wife of an Australian POW is found brutally murdered, she takes on the character of a victim of war in the mind of the impressionable young priest. His obsession with her lost soul leads Darragh on a dangerous journey of personal discovery , one that puts his own life at risk . . .

  • Pub date: 1 October 2003
  • ISBN: 9781864710618
  • Imprint: Doubleday Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Tom Keneally

Thomas Keneally was born in 1935 and his first novel was published in 1964. Since then he has written a considerable number of novels and non-fiction works. His novels include The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Schindler's List and The People's Train. He has won the Miles Franklin Award, the Booker Prize, the Los Angeles Times Prize, the Mondello International Prize and has been made a Literary Lion of the New York Public Library, a Fellow of the American Academy, recipient of the University of California gold medal, and is now the subject of a 55 cent Australian stamp.

He has held various academic posts in the United States, but lives in Sydney.

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Praise for An Angel In Australia

“* 'A wonderful entertainment, a showcase of Keneally's masterly skills ...' ADELAIDE ADVERTISER”

“* 'Among the richest and deepest of his works ...' CANBERRA TIMES”

“* 'A deft social portrait of human nature under duress ...' HERALD SUN”


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